Definition of gantry
1 : a frame for supporting barrels
2 : a frame structure raised on side supports so as to span over or around something: such asa : a platform made to carry a traveling crane and supported by towers or side frames running on parallel tracks; also : a movable structure with platforms at different levels used for erecting and servicing rockets before launchingb : a structure spanning several railroad tracks and displaying signals for each
Recent Examples of gantry from the Web
The gantries in the middle are part of the McDuffie Coal Terminal.
Over the past decade, the barge-building operation at the base of the Ross Island Bridge, with its slipway and towering gantry, has seemed increasingly out of place as shiny condos and OHSU towers sprang up around it.
Toll gantries, which register fees to transponders or conduct a toll-by-plate charge, are placed at the turnpike’s northbound exit ramp and its southbound entry ramp.
The low-profile Super Post Panamax container-handling gantry cranes will cost $13.8 million each or a total of $41.4 million, port officials said in a news release.
The low-profile Super Post Panamax container-handling gantry cranes will cost $13.8 million each, or a total of $41.4 million, port officials said in a news release.
A great steel hook hangs from a gantry as if waiting to pluck up the lazy.
By using solid fuel, North Korea can roll out its missiles from a hangar or tunnel ready to launch, rather than having to fuel them on a gantry like the older liquid-fueled rockets.
The country has also renovated and expanded the gantry tower and other facilities at the launch site to accommodate more powerful rockets.
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Origin and Etymology of gantry
Middle English gauntree, reshaping (perhaps conformed to tre 1tree) of ganter, borrowed from Anglo-French *ganter (Old French —Picard— gantier, Old French chantier), going back to Latin cantērius, canthērius “horse of poor quality, rafter, prop for vines,” akin to Greek kanthḗlia “panniers,” (ónos) kanthḗlios “pack ass,” both loanwords from an undetermined Mediterranean language
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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1 : a structure over railroad tracks for holding signals
2 : a movable structure for preparing a rocket for launching
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